No more bad hair days!

By Heather Muir Maffei
October 22, 2018

Hair wizards Neeko Abriol, artistic director of Salon Sessions in Pasadena, California, and Dominick Serna, Rogaine’s hairstylist and a stylist at Chris McMillan Salon in Beverly Hills, helped five gorgeous women streamline their styling routines and fall in love with their looks.

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Annette, 36

Childbirth Instructor and Doula
“Ever since I had my second child, my hair has been almost kinky in some areas and flatter in others, and the underside is breakage-prone," said Annette. "I love my long curls and want to enjoy them.” Neeko snipped four inches off the length to add spring, used a straight razor to remove heaviness, and created face-framing layers. “The key with curls is to remove bulk so they can channel through each other and move,” he says. He applied DevaCurl Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam Lightweight Body Booster ($26; devacurl.com) section by section for definition and shine, finishing with a diffuser (she can also air-dry).

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Lauren, 37

Real Estate Luxury Marketing Director
“While I have a good amount of hair, it is fine and tends to fluctuate between limp and frizzy,” said Lauren. “I am very time-pressed in the morning and looking for something that doesn’t require a ton of styling time—less than 10 minutes.” After trimming four inches off her length, Dominick cut out some of the weight but kept her shape blunt (avoiding layers) to transform her hair from wispy to wow. He blew it dry using a round brush, then went in with texturizing shears to soften the perimeter. To create loose waves, Dominick wrapped 1½-inch pieces of hair around the barrel of a curling wand away from Lauren’s face—something she can do (with a little practice) at home.

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Christy, 21

Student and Fashion Blogger
“I don’t feel confident styling my hair natural or wearing it down, so I typically pull it back,” shared Christy. Neeko says the secret to maximizing curls is to take a dual approach: Find the right styling technique and product. After a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, he enhanced the shape of Christy’s hair by using a method called point cutting to remove some weight and then individualizing each curl by applying Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil ($40; sephora.com) section by section. Finally, he layered KeraCare Foam Wrap-Set Lotion ($16; keracare.com) on top—a combo Christy can do post-washing once a week. “She has the freedom to air-dry or use a blow-dryer and her hands to stretch her curls.”

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Ninon, 44

Real Estate Agent and Writer
“I’ve had long hair for most of my life. Though it’s healthy, it’s often frizzy, wavy on the ends, and flat on top like a grown-out perm unless I spend a decent amount of time styling it, which I rarely do,” ​​​​said Ninon. “My hair is almost always in a bun or pony—I’d love to freshen things up.” For the most drastic change of the day, Dominick chopped off eight inches, giving her a long bob that is slightly shorter in the back, which opened up her face. He dried and flatironed it with a bend instead of a curl. Time-saving hack: Go over just the top layer of hair with the iron for smoothness in a snap.

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Nina, 31

Pediatric Nurse
“It’s devastating to be young with thin hair,” said Nina, who experienced hair loss post-pregnancy. Dominick took five inches off her length, then gave her long layers to create shape and movement. “The trick to making hair look fuller is cutting the layers and ends more blunt,” he says. “I didn’t remove any weight to make it look as full as possible.” After blowing her hair straight, Dominick wrapped pieces around a curling iron and teased the crown, then misted Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch Up Spray in Dark Brown/Black ($25; ritahazan.com) on her scalp to give the illusion of more hair. For women whose hair loss is related to genetics or aging, Dominick suggests using Women’s Rogaine 5% Minoxidil Foam ($48 for a 4-month supply; rogaine.com).

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